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1 million trees in support of International Year of Forest

Posted on 02 May 2011
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Fiji launched the United Nations International Year of the Forests with an assembly and a march through the city centre in mid April as part of the Fiji Government’s contribution to the UN’s global efforts in celebrating people’s action to sustainably manage the world’s forests.

The IYF ties in closely with the Fiji Governments one million trees “Our Gift to the Future Generation” campaign of which the WWF South Pacific and its partners are a part of.

At a press conference to announce the Fiji Government’s contribution to the 2011 UN theme, Deputy Conservator of Forests Ratu Tomasi Kubuabola said that the Department of Forest had launched the initiative to plant 1 million trees last year and had been fortunate to achieve and exceed the one million tree target.

“By December 10th last year we had planted one million ten thousand trees and as of today we have planted one million seven hundred and twenty two thousand and thirty trees,” said Ratu Kubuabola.

The aim of the campaign is designed to ensure future generations continue to enjoy an economically viable and environmentally sound Fiji while addressing a host of other issues already impacting national, regional and international levels. These include climate change, deforestation, soil erosion, carbon emissions, flood mitigation and clean water supply.